Hello, friends! Our book today is This is (Not) Enough, written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant, a wonderfully heartwarming tale of the true meaning of the gifts we give.
Kang and Weyant’s pair of bear friends are back for the sixth installment of the You Are (Not) Small series. The large brown bear is on the hunt for the perfect present for their small, purple bear buddy. They look at a few options, but this is a gift for their bestest pal – it must be “COOL and FUN and BIG and ‘WOW’!” Meanwhile, purple bear decides to knit their large brown buddy a handmade scarf (they don’t know how to knit YET, but they’re confident that they’ll figure it out). After hinting about their gifts for one another, Big Brown feels dismayed at his choice for Purple’s gift: “This is not enough.” Will the two friends ever figure out the perfect gift to give the most important friend in their lives?
A simple lesson told with simple grace. Kang and Weyant’s series has a knack for exploring everyday themes with minimal dialogue-style text and warm, approachable visuals, and this latest addition is no exception. The friends find that gifts made and given with love are the most special, even if they’re imperfect (such as a snuggly, cozy scarf with more than a few loose strings). Along the way, their antics are gently comic enough to keep young kids entertained, and the well-balanced illustrations add visual gags and expression to immensely endearing characters. the length is perfect for a storytime at any age, and JJ enjoyed seeing the bears’ close friendship. Overall, a warm and cozy gift of a story, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)